Doctors miss the cut in contest

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 January, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 24 January, 2005, 12:00am

Along with all the education and skill doctors need to save lives, certain factors are particularly important for doctors who operate in the field - finding the patient, for example.

To give the public a sense of what it's like to cross trails and traverse obstacles to reach injured patients, Medecins Sans Frontieres organised its fourth annual MSF Orienteering Competition on Sunday at Yuen Long. More than 2,400 people, including politicians, radio personalities and MSF doctors, participated in the competition. While the final amount raised is still being tallied, last year's event raised $1.9 million.

Participants were given a map, an electronic card and a list of 30 checkpoints to find in two hours.

In the celebrity category, the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong apparently knew where it was heading, as its two teams nabbed first and third place, ahead of the Democratic Party's teams. The Metro Radio team were second.

Somewhat ironically, the MSF teams did not quite make the cut. An MSF spokeswoman reassured CitySeen, however, that it was only because of their enthusiasm.

'They wanted to score more points and didn't make it back to the final checkpoint in time, so they had points deducted,' she said, explaining how they came in last.